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Bleeding R1100 Brakes, help

I plan to replace the lines on my r1100s (with ABSII) with Speigler lines this winter. I bled the brakes on my Norton years ago but have little experience in bleeding brakes, especially on a bike with ABS. I have watched some YouTube videos and read through the Haynes manual but still have questions. For instance, the right front caliper on my bike does not have a bleed valve. Doesn't that side need to be bleed like the other calipers? Also, it seems like using the Mityvac is a more controlled way to do the bleeding than hand pumping. Can anyone direct me to their favorite video, perhaps for this specific bike? Any help for a complete novice will be much appreciated.
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Re: Bleeding R1100 Brakes, help

IMHO, a complete novice shouldn't be playing with something their life depends on, every time they ride.

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Re: Bleeding R1100 Brakes, help

Thanks Paul, I appreciate your concern. I am mechanically inclined, just have not bled brakes since I used to do it on my bikes in the 1970s and 1980s. By novice, I meant with ABSII brakes. And the only way to learn is by doing, so if you have any good advice I am all ears.
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Re: Bleeding R1100 Brakes, help

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For instance, the right front caliper on my bike does not have a bleed valve. Doesn't that side need to be bleed like the other calipers?


Yes the right side has to be bled just like the rest of the calipers. You have to install a bleed nipple. Much information in the links below.
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...12330310_1.pdf

http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...8&rnd=07242017
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Thanks Herb. Now it is clear that those have check valves.
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Re: Bleeding R1100 Brakes, help

Replaced the brake lines with Speiglers and was successful in bleeding each circuit. It took a little while to get the front brakes bled. I bled using a Mityvac and also by using the brake lever and pedal, the old fashion way. Air in the front circuit was a bit difficult to get out. What finally worked was rotating the handlebars back and forth and then tying the lever up over night.
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